Modern investigation and research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women’s prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, mainly thought the Swedish Massage modality. It is used to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts.
Research has shown the benefits of Prenatal massage include but are not limited to:
Reduced back pain
Reduced joint pain
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Relief of pregnancy discomfort